Beach

Weekend Scene

Beach Weekend Sept 2014

With the weather finally cooperating the hubs and I headed south to the Gulf Coast.  Clearly this family likes the beach — even an old, stinky, puddle-brown one.  The salt air is good for my soul.  Mornings were spent drinking tea and reading from this book (a delightful gift from the hubs some years ago); I went for an unexpected long run by myself (who knew the sand was easier on my knees?!); and there was plenty of time for other things: eating like we had never tasted food, drawing out potential new tattoos, playing cards, swatting mosquitoes, and celebrating life with friends old and new.

With each visit to my childhood stomping grounds, B and I have an ever more serious conversation about having our own cabin.  He is just ITCHING to design a beautiful, modern beach house.  And this was the first cabin we’ve stayed it (and we’ve staying in a least 5 in the last 3 years!) that has been more up my alley interior-wise.  It was a super-cute, clean and modern ikea-hacked cabin.  (See the full cabin here.)  This only added to our growing desire to put a permanent stamp on another property.  But I think the best way to curb our real-estate appetite is to convince my mom and dad that they really want one and we’ll just come visit all the time!

(You can see where my love of this beach started here and another beach weekend here.)

weekend scene

The beach is a good idea anytime in my book.  Even when it’s sweater weather, the feel of the salt air on my skin is refreshing. My parents rented another cabin to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday.  Although it wasn’t as rowdy as my Dad’s 60th, it was still a great time…with all the fixin’s!  It was the perfect way to say hello to the month of March!

Beach Weekend

Here we are at the same beach here, here, & here too!

a sublime escape: the dominican republic

Finally… pictures of our escape to one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean.  To celebrate the hub’s graduation and 3 years of insanely hard work, we indulged in a place that is truly sublime.  We stayed in the Dominican Republic’s Sublime Samana.

Very rarely do we ever consider returning to the same destination (too many other places on our life list to visit), but this one is the exception.   Our flight was super easy from our Gulf Coast origin, and the nearly 2hr transfer to our hotel didn’t feel near as long.  If you are lucky enough to be close to JFK airport in New York, then you can fly JetBlue directly into the newly opened Samana airport and you’re just 20 minutes away from the hotel.

It had been 9 years since we had a holiday with just the two of us, so we felt it was time.

The Dominican Republic Samana Beach

The Dominican Republic Hammock

The Dominican Republic Samana Beach

I found this amazing spot via Mr. & Mrs. Smith, however when I tried to book it, they did not have any rooms available at the advertised discount, so I ended up booking via the hotels website directly and it was just as cheap.  Sublime Samana is also part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and it very much lived up to its reviews.  It is incredibly chic and relaxing.  The rooms were fantastic, the location could NOT be beat, the food was beyond delicious, and even the music was cool (playing the most recent Daft Punk album!)

Sublime Samana Hotel Review

Sublime Samana Casitas

Sublime Samana at night

We are still ooohh-ing and awwwwe-ing every time we think of what an escape it was.  This is just part one, more photos to follow this week!

a day at the beach

For my dad’s birthday party, my folks rented a cabin at the beach.  Saturday was the party and we saw gale-force winds (ok, not that strong, but darn close!) and thus we had to rethink party decorations since it was to be outside.  But Sunday proved to be simply marvelous with a high only in the low 90s — perfect for a dip in the Gulf of Mexico.  I have many, many childhood memories in that muddy, brown beach water, and we made a few more this weekend.  I was finally able to use my newest tech gadget, the scuba suit for my iPhone.  And I must say it worked like a champ.  (My only complaint was that when taking photos using the front camera, the photos were quite foggy-looking.)  What I liked the most was that it kept out not only salt water, but sand, seaweed, and unidentifiable floating objects and left my phone in tact!

simply splendid

it’s been too pretty to be inside.  finally summer.  i can’t seem to find my washer and dryer or the vacuum and mop (or my computer!).  the lure of the most lovely weather has kept me from anything indoors.  productive…probably not.  enjoyable…absolutely!

beach day